This week, we honoured the memory of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah, reflected on crucial lessons from the Holocaust that remain relevant today, and recognized the vital role of education in combating hate.
Read on to learn more.
The CIJA Team
Hundreds of Canadians attended a Yom HaShoah commemoration at The National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa to honour the victims and Survivors of the Shoah, reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust, and renew our commitment to combating antisemitism.
Present at this solemn ceremony were senior diplomats, party leaders, cabinet ministers, senators, members of parliament from all parties, inter-faith leaders, and more than 200 students from local schools.
The ceremony concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony led by six Holocaust Survivors.
On behalf of Canada’s Jewish community, we would like to thank all dignitaries and elected officials from across Canada, including the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, provincial premiers, and elected officials from all levels of government, who recognized Yom HaShoah.
CIJA Vice President Richard Marceau reflects on recent investment by the Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta governments in programs and institutions that aim to raise awareness about and combat antisemitism while emphasizing the dire needs for both mandatory Holocaust education in schools and an efficient national strategy to combat online hate of all kinds.
Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, Irwin Cotler, offers twelve lessons we can take from the Holocaust that are searingly relevant today.
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